I enrolled in Brave Girl University

I’ve been debating doing this for some time, enrolling in Brave Girl University. For those of you who don’t know, Brave Girl University is the brainchild of Melody Ross and Kathy Wilkins and was created in 2009 as Brave Girls Club with artistic get-togethers all over the country. It grew to have an online class presence as Brave Girl University in 2015. I had the …

Featured Artist – Jill Ricci

Today’s featured artist is Jill Ricci. I found her on Pinterest when I pinned one of her mixed media pieces on my art board. I’m drawn to her use of layers in her work. It reminds me of graffiti in a way, only much prettier. She studied art at Smith College in Massachusetts and later at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She …

Freezer paper shirt stencil tutorial

I had some spare time while the baby slept yesterday … just enough to whip up this quick project: a freezer paper stenciled shirt. I saw a cute tee on Instagram with the hashtag #OOTD that I liked. So, rather than shell out $27.50 for it, I decided to make my own. For those of you who don’t know, OOTD stands for “Outfit Of The …

Top 5 iPhone photo apps

I have long had a love for photography. I usually shoot with my Canon DSLR, but there are times where I don’t feel like lugging it around. Those times, I rely on my trusty iPhone 6s and handful of apps that are not only fun to use, but let you create beautiful images to share on social media or print for your walls at home. …

20 things you probably don’t know about me

I publish a lot of posts about art, crafts, sewing and quilting. Occasionally I’ll write a deep thought post, usually about my struggles with depression or relationships. Today I thought it would be fun to tell you 20 things that you probably didn’t know about me. I always like reading other people’s posts along these lines as it gives you a little glimpse into the …

Featured Artist – Mette Lindberg

This week’s featured artist is Mette Lindberg of Denmark. It took some work to translate her website into English (it’s in Danish) so I could share a little bit about her with you, but I figured it out! I am so drawn to her work – the colors and abstract nature of her paintings just speak to me. Lindberg lives in Silkeborg, Denmark, in a …

A simple Mother’s Day gift guide

Here are the items I’m lusting after recently … perfect for Mother’s Day. (I’m thinking I might just have to buy these for myself since I’m pretty sure my hubby doesn’t read my blog!) 1. The Brooklyn Initial and Date necklace, via Bip & Bop. $60 with three charms. 2. I’m a maker shirt, via Amora Lovely Threads. $25.00. 3. Best. Mama. Ever. mug, via …

Top 25 ways to save money

25 tips and tricks to save money and cut costs

  In 2009 I wrote a popular blog post about how I made things work financially, while being unemployed for nearly a year and in school to get my nursing degree. It outlined all the ways I had worked to pinch pennies and after putting it all down on paper, I realized I was more resourceful than I thought. So, I thought I’d revisit this …

Etsy Shop: Posh Peanut

How adorable is this baby in this gorgeous cream colored tutu? I have been searching high and low for outfits for Ella’s one-year birthday shoot and I think I finally found the perfect store – Posh Peanuts on Etsy. Not only does she have outfits for babies to big girls, her prices are very reasonable and she has amazing feedback. This tutu above is $26. …

Fabric mail

The postman delivered this yummy new (old) collection of fabric to my door yesterday and I’m thrilled with the colors of the reprint. They’re a little different than the original line, but very similar. The first run was printed nearly a decade ago and became a very sought after line of fabric, with pieces selling for ridiculous prices. I had managed to acquire a good …